ABC7’s David Ono has been named the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2023 Joseph M. Quinn Awardee for Lifetime Achievement.
Ono is the co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
He joined ABC7 in 1996 and during that time has witnessed history worldwide, covering Hurricane Katrina, Haiti’s earthquake and Japan’s tsunami. He traveled across Europe and Asia chronicling the brave acts of the Nisei soldiers from World War II.
“David Ono has brought important news to Los Angeles and the world through his daily reporting and documentaries,” said Los Angeles Press Club President Lisa Richwine. “He also has left a legacy with his commitments to telling the stories of Japanese Americans and supporting Asian-American journalists. Los Angeles will benefit from his work for years to come.”
Ono has attended two Royal Weddings. He’s tracked drug runners through Central America and reported live from Boston after the tragic marathon bombing. He’s covered terrorism from Paris not only in 2015 as the historic city was crippled with fear, but also in 2002 after a plot was foiled to bring down the Eiffel Tower.
Ono has trained with the FBI, the elite Los Angeles Sheriff’s SWAT team, ICE and the Los Angeles Port Police. Three times President Obama has invited him to the White House. Twice for exclusive one-on-one interviews, and once to make a speech about inclusion in America.
Ono has produced multiple award-winning documentaries, two of which have made their way to the Smithsonian Institution.
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the 65th SoCal Journalism Awards Gala on Sunday, June 25 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
In addition to honoring Ono, a special First Amendment Award will be presented to Los Angeles Times’ investigative reporter Alene Tchekmedyian. The President’s Award for Impact on Media, the Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award and The Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism are also part of this evening.
The evening will be dedicated to Evan Gershkovich of The Wall Street Journal, who is wrongfully jailed in Russia.
More than 500 journalists and media executives are expected to attend this prestigious event.
Proceeds from the Gala are the largest source of income for the Los Angeles Press Club, a 501(c) 3 that speaks for journalists across all media platforms. All contributions are tax-deductible.
For more information about this event or to sponsor, advertise or buy tickets go to www.LApressclub.org or contact Executive Director Diana Ljungaeus at 310.210.1860 or email Diana-AT-LApressclub.org.
The LAPC is one of the oldest and most respected journalist organizations in the nation with a storied history of honoring the most celebrated reporters of the past century. In recent years, the Los Angeles Press Club has continued to uphold its tradition of acknowledging excellence in spite of the fact that journalism itself has struggled in the face of ever-declining budgets.